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Fun activities you can try on a budget this Christmas season

Managing Your Money
By Esther Muchene | 4 months ago | 3 min read

 Budgeting doesn't mean you have a miserable holiday (Photo: Courtesy)

You will know you have truly mastered the art of saving and budgeting if you’re able to stay consistent during Christmas.

This season is one of the most financially draining times of the year because there is a lot of pressure to treat your friends and family. Even the most basic activities seem to drain your wallet faster than before.

If you can afford to treat yourself and your loved ones to a lavish Christmas, there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. But, for many there is still a desire to keep finances in check especially because January is fast approaching.

Having a budget Christmas doesn’t mean that you will have a miserable holiday though. There are many fun activities that will get you psyched up and keep the holiday cheer alive. Here are some examples of those:

  • Virtual party

Thank God for the internet because we can do almost everything virtually. If you’ve not been able to travel home to be with your loved ones due to financial reasons or are just looking to celebrate the festive season without spending so much cash, this is the perfect idea for you.

A great idea is to tune in for an online Christmas celebration at your local church since many of them are holding their Christmas services online.

  • Family cooking

Preparing your meals at home is a brilliant way of avoiding expensive restaurant bills during Christmas.

You get to select what you want to cook, eat as much as you want and spend time with your loved ones which is the definition of a perfect Christmas.

Plan early and do the final touches before 25th so that you get to enjoy Christmas without any stress. If you have the option of getting some extra help with the cooking, do that as well.

 Cooking together will increase your bonding time as a family (Photo: Courtesy)
  • Go to the park

You have the option of exploring the city with your family this holiday. There are many free parks or some that charge a tiny fee that you can visit.

You can even decide that you will have a picnic day where you can carry some snacks and toys for the kids or, visit an animal orphanage which I’m sure the kids will love too.

Being out in nature is a very relaxing experience so you should consider this option for a Christmas family fun day.

  • Game night

A competitive game night is a great way to celebrate the festive season on a budget.

This is an activity you can host at your home as you invite your friends and family friends over. Have an interesting Christmas theme, get some interesting games and don’t forget the snacks for everyone to enjoy.

  • Christmas dinner

You can also go for dinner as a family this year. You will need to spend some cash but it’s more economical than flying out for a family holiday.

The main focus of an awesome Christmas is good food and company so this is something that you and your loved ones will truly appreciate.

It would be nice for you to bond while you enjoy being in the presence of people you love.

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